In a statement, earlier on Saturday, the 5th of January, the car-maker announced that a senior executive of Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., Jose Munoz, had taken a “leave of absence”, to grapple with a sudden management shake-up, as the Japanese automakers had been dealing with the consequences of the arrest and dismissal of former boss, Carlos Ghosn. While Nissan announced the news of Munoz’s leave of absence, two Nissan spokesmen confirmed that the Nissan Senior Exec., Jose Munoz was forced to take the “leave of absence”, as he was a known Ghosn ally and had been a close follower of the Japanese automaker’s previous boss, Carlos Ghosn for over a decade.
Munoz’s absence might have been the first of many, as Nissan had been trying to cut off its European dominance on the executive board. However, in a statement on Saturday, the 5th of January, the Nissan said, “Munoz has taken a leave of absence to allow him to assist the company by concentrating on special tasks arising from recent events”.
As an aftermath, Munoz’s planned appearance at Consumer Electronics show in the Las Vegas next week will be cancelled, a Nissan spokesman revealed, however, Munoz was not immediately available for comments.